This post was most recently updated on June 25th, 2017
Get your onion beds ready for seeds, sowing them this month will let them get a little head start, they can stand over the winter and race away as soon as spring warms them. They will be ready for harvest next Summer. Use some wood ash, lime and plenty of compost. Space that you have just cleared peas or potatoes out of will work perfectly.
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For use in late winter/early spring you can sow cabbage, silverbeet/chard, and spinach.
Keep on top the weeds by hoeing regularly and either leaving the weeds on the surface to break down, or add them to your compost.
Second crop/storing potatoes, garlic and onions can all be harvested now. Either leave the ground vacant now, or sow a cover crop for green manure.
You can still plant up the suckers of strawberries, encourage them to grow roots before planting out by burying the end of them in some soil for a week or two first.
Dig out and destroy all strawberries that have borne fruit for 2 or more years. They take a very long time to break down and can carry several plant diseases, so the compost isn’t such a great place for them. You can, however, feed them to your rabbits!
For younger strawberry plants, cut away the dead leaves, clear away weeds and give them a mulch with plenty of compost and rotted manure this will set them up for a good crop next season.
Raspberries need their old canes removed once they have fruited, and reduce the number of new canes to 6-8 per plant. these are what the berries will grow on next year, so remove any weak or weird ones. Give a good mulch of compost and rotted manure, then something tougher over the top like woodchips or pine needles – this helps reduce the number of suckers you get.
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